Older people living in South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from a project to improve their mental health and wellbeing thanks to a £9,000 grant from South Gloucestershire Council and partners.
Merlin will use the funding to assess the level of wellbeing of around 1,000 of its mainly older customers, living in Independent Living Communities; and promote ways to achieve positive health and wellbeing across its operating area.
Merlin’s Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Cam Kinsella said: “We’re delighted to get this funding. We know mental health is a huge challenge for local communities, especially where our properties are, which makes understanding its impact our business.
"Our focus as an organisation is on delivering excellent customer service, and part of that has to be about recognising the challenge that mental health presents to us. We understand that we have a unique opportunity to really make a difference by understanding and responding to the needs of our customers and staff by working with partners and sharing resources.
“This project should enable a large portion of our customers to increase their wellbeing, allowing them to become more active members of the community.”
The project involves carrying out a survey to measure customer wellbeing which will inform a six month activity plan. Merlin will then resurvey the respondents again to assess the impact of its targeted work.